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A Good Place to Live VOLUME LXXI LINEUPS RETURN TO MEAT MARKETS WITH OPA CONTROL Meat Situation Is Familiar, with Closed Markets and Limited Selections Market Butchering Quotas Cut Drastically, But Even That Little Unavailable Lineups returned to Bluffton meat counters this week, purchasers no longer have the choice of cuts they would like to buy, and markets ex pect soon to be closing their doors nearly half the time as OPA con trol of meat prices went back into ■effect. It was a familiar picture to shop pers, reminding them of the hectic months of scrambling for meat which immediately preceded the “feast of plenty” that started in July when OPA price cealings were discontin ued for an all too short 10-weeks period. Meat market operators say they cannot possibly obtain enough meat to remain open all the time, and they will be forced to close their doors whenever shortages occur. Quotas Return With the return of OPA price control, the markets again are dn a monthly quota basis, and are per mitted to butcher only 70 per cent of the pork killed in June, 1944, and 90 per cent of the beef and calf allotment for the same year. During July and August when re strictions were removed roughly twice that amount of meat was sold by the two local markets. However, operators said that markets cannot be sure of obtaining even the quota allotments in the weeks immediately ahead, for farm ers sold practically all the livestock they had preceding the return of OPA control, and cattle and hogs simply are not available on most farms. Markets Open Saturday Both markets, however, are plan ning to set aside a sizable percent age of their limited meat supplies for Saturday morning trade, and a resumption of early Saturday crowds can be expected in the business dis trict. How long the markets can operate on Saturday will depend en tirely on how quickly their supplies of meat are exhausted. In preparation for the meat shortage that everyone had antici pated, locker patrons were busy fill ing their frozen food compartments with meat last week. Restaurants stocked up as much as facilities would permit, and the pinch prob ably will not immediately be felt by those who eat out. Meat packing houses are closing throughout the country in the face of the livestock shortage, and the national supply of meat is expected by some sources to drop as low as 20 per cent of normal. At least two months of severely restricted meat supply are expected before a noticeable improvement wall be reflected in the movement of livestock to market, and even then the anticipated supply will not re turn to normal. Hessian Fly Free Date Is Sept. 27 Allen county farmers can plant their winter wheat any time on or after September 27, and escape the possibility of having crops damaged by the Hessian fly. County farm agent James Warner announced the fly-free date has been determined by both scientific tests and practical experience for this year. In Putnam and Hardin counties the fly-free date is Sept. 28. Hessian fly damage has been on the increase in the west central area of Ohio just south of Allen county, it was explained by the county agent. This increase has been at tributed largely to “volunteer” wheat or that left on the ground following combining. Protect Tomatoes From Late Blight Ohio tomatoes should be protected from late blight by applications of fixed copper applied either as a dust or as a spray. The dust can be made by mixing 14 pounds of 7 per cent fixed copper dust with 88 pounds of filler. The spray is a combination of 4 pounds of 50 per cent metallic cop per with 100 gallons of water. If to mato fruits show rotten spots caused by blight, an 8-8-100 Bordeaux mix ture should be used. Applications must be frequent and thorough. Bid of the Galion concern for the 30-horsepower scraper was $2,873. Delivery cannot be promised earlier than next May, but in the mean time the Galion concern will make available to the town a used scrap er for work on streets and alleys. The Gailion company submitted the only bids received by the coun cil. Purchase of the scraper is contingent on the availability of funds under terms of authorizing the contract. CEMENT BLOCK CO. IS ERECTING NEW PLANT STRUCTURE Industry Will Enter New Field With Completion of Building In October Cement Block Co. Has Incorpor ated Preparatory to Making New Type Brick-Blocks Preparatory to entering a new field in the building construction in dustry, the Bluffton Cement Block Co. is erecting a new factory build ing on the site of the former Cal Bal mer sawmill and expects to be in op eration in the structure next month. A brick-block with natural brick color, made by a new process from cement and limestone, will be manu factured by the firm in the plant. In launching the community’s first post-war industrial expansion pro gram, the business formerly owned (Continued on page 2) In New Locations Woodrow Little and family are oc cupying their home on south Main street recently purchased from Wm. Lahman. The residence on the R. L. Triplett farm northwest of town which they vacated will be occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Ropp Triplett who are expected here this Wednesday after a ten days’ wedding trip in the Adirondack region in northern New York state. Home From California Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fenton of South Lawn avenue have returned from a month’s trip to California where they visited their son Donald Fenton and family in Los Angeles. Donald is a civilian employed by the Army as a structural engineer. En route home Mr. and Mrs. Fenton visited her sister, Mrs. Catherine McCoy in Billings, Montana. With Service Men Pvt. Sylvan Burkholder has re turned to Camp Stoneman, Pitts burgh, Calif., after spending an 18 days’ furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Otis Burkholder and fam ily of Col. Grove. Duane Fett 1/c is spending a 15-days’ leave at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pleyel Fett of Co. Grove. He will report next Monday at Key West, Florida. Bluffton High Students Pass Up Modern Langt ages For Third Year §2,873 Contract Let For Road Scraper Contract for purchase of a new eight-foot blade road scraper with scarifier was let Monday night by the municipal council to the Galion Ii-on Works and Manufacturing Co. David Stearns S 2/c, of Bain bridge, Md., is spending a leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Stearns of Spring street. Football on a pre-war basis re turned to the Bluffton college cam pus this week, with a squad of 40 candidates reporting for Coach A. C. Burcky’s practice opening call Monday night. It was the local school’s largest practice squad in years, but there was not too much cause for opti mism on that count when it was learned that Wilmington college, first foe of the Beavers, has 75 can didates, and all other Ohio schools have shwn corresponding increases in turnout. Another complication is the fact that many of the prospective Beav er gridders have no previous exper ience, and with them the Bluffton coaching staff must “start from scratch.” However, Coach Burcky has vir tually four weeks to whip his squad into shape for their first start of Enrollment in Business Courses Continues to Show Marked Increase Bluffton College Grid Call Brings 40 Candidates For Beaver Eleven AU Modern Foreign Languages Dropped from Curriculum This Year With modern foreign languages dropped from the Bluffton High school curriculum for the third suc cessive year because of lack of stu dent interest, commercial and man ual training studies continued to grow in favor wuth senior high classes, Supt. Ralph Lanham re ported this week. Only foreign language remaining in the school curriculum is Latin. No modern foreign languages have been offered for three years. Last spring a French class was offered to students for 1946 registration, but only three students were interested and the class was dropped. A continuing trend toward com mercial subjects finds a general in crease of 19% in students registered in that department this fall. Eighty two students are in five commercial classes, in comparison with 69 for the 1945-46 term. Shorthand shows the principal gain in student favor this fall, with 69 taking the course presented to only four last year. Industrial Arts Popular Industrial arts, offered this fall as a full-time department since loss of a teacher early in the war forced its discontinuance for three terms, finds 72 high school students regis tered for manual training and draft ing. In addition there are 32 indus trial arts students from the seventh and eighth grades. In four high school industrial arts classes there are 53 students, and 19 others are enrolled for mechan ical drawing. Heaviest loss in students was suf fered in the vocational agriculture department, which dropped 23 per cent, from an enrollment of 22 last fall, to 17 this year. Social science courses fell off eight per cent in enrollment, from 142 to 132. Classes in science showed lit tle change, with 110 students this year and 105 last September. There are 82 students in mathe matics courses (85 last year) 34 in home economics (33 last year) and 28 in Latin I (28 last year in Latin II). House Is Moved On Lot In New Addition Walter King has moved a house from southeast of Bluffton to his lots in the Fred Mueller addition on East Jefferson street. The house is now being fitted up for occupancy. Warren Re-elected Director Of Fair Clyde Warren, of Orange town ship, was re-elected a director of the Hancock county fair board at a meeting of the Hancock County Ag riculture Society last week. Real Estate Deals The Mrs. Ida Lehman farm near Beaverdam has been purchased by Harvey Suter of Col. Grove. Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Haas and family are occupying the place. The Mrs. Rachel Shatto property on Washington street has been sold to Herman Steiner of Lima. Mr. and Mrs. Shatto will move to Lima and the property will be occupied by the Steiner family. Both deals were handled by Mrs. H. W. Althaus. the season, a night contest to be played with Wilmington at that place on Friday, October 4. Working with a squad that is made up almost entirely of new faces, the Bluffton mentor cannot hope to be in a position to determine his relative strength until after sev eral weeks of workouts, and until then Bluffton prospects must remain as a virtual question mark. Following the opener at Wilming ton, Bluffton will face Kent State’s powerhouse there on Oct. 12, and play Manchester on the Indiana grid iron Oq„ 19, before the team makes its firf* appearance in this area, against Ohio Northern at Lima on October 26. A game against Findlay college at Findlay will follow on Nov. 1, and the Beavers will face Defiance in their homecoming here on Nov. 9. v t, 0 _______________ [HE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO THURSDAY, SEPT. 12, 1916 BLUFFTON COLLEGE OPENS WITH 235 IN STUDENT BODY Many Changes In Faculty As Post-War Enrollment Nears Record Proportions Men in Ropp Hall Women Quartered in Lincoln Hall This Year Complete reversal of wartime stu dent shortages at Bluffton college is expected Thursday morning when regular classroom activity starts on the campus, following five days of pre-regist ration activity. Registration total, Wednesday noon showed a total student body of 235. Of this 100 were in the three upper classes and 135 freshmen. This is the largest freshman class in the his tory of the college. Opper class registration was held Tuesday, followed by physical tests after which freshmen registered Wednesday and the first all-student body chapel was held. Classes will convene for the first time on Thurs day morning. A return to normal operations at the college this fall have brought numerous changes in the faculty set up on the campus. Faculty Changes Harry Yoder, a graduate in 1932, has joined the staff as assistant to the president, field worker and in charge of public relations. He is a graduate of Hartford seminary, formerly was on the college board of (Continued on page 2) Former Bluffton Man At Findlay College Prof. Clifford Royer, music in structor for Bluffton college and the Bluffton public school system about 20 years ago, has been employed as head of the music department at Findlay college. Prof. Royer comes to Findlay this fall from Evansville College. Svans ville, Ind., where he was heao oT the voice department and choir director. Prof. Royer followed G. A. Leh man as head of Bluffton college’s music department back in the “twenties,” but remained here only one year. Local Man Heads Field Crop Drive H. B. Marshall, Bluffton, and D. C. Campbell, Columbus Grove, will head the Allen county campaign for the Ohio field crop improvement fund, to finance a program of re search and education aimed at devel oping superior strains of Ohio field crops. In Hancock county, co-chairmen of the drive are Ernest S. Krauss and Tell Thompson, both of Findlay. Hardin county chairmen are O. C. Powell, Ada, and Herbert Crane, Kenton. Evangelistiic Services Will Close On Sunday Two weeks of special services con ducted by the Walker and Pike evangelistic party at the Missionary church will close Sunday night. Rev. Walker has announced the following topics: Wednesday, The future punish ment of the wicked Thursday, Does the Bible teach annihilation? Fri day, Hell and who are going there. Services at 7:30 p. m. No Satur day service. Births The following births at Bluffton hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Swank, Bluffton, a boy, Harlan Dennis, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Evan Soash, Bluff ton, a boy, Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dilts, Ada, a girl, Linda Sue, Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Lehman, Rawson, a boy, Larry Ray, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Vinton Bucher, Pandora, a boy, Ken Doyl, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. John Pore, Wil liamstown, a girl, Sharon Ann, Sun day. Mr. and Mrs. Denver Augsburger, Bluffton, a boy, Roger Eugene, Sat urday. Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Huttenlocher, Cleveland, a girl born in Cleveland hospital, Sunday. Mrs. Huttenlocher is the former Eileen Todd, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Todd of Franklin street. Except for the customary Thanks giving and Christmas recesses, Bluff ton public school pupils will have only one day of vacation during the 1946-47 school term. No holiday is being granted this year for the Putnam county fair in October, and Washington’s and Lin coln’s birthdays observed by schools in earlier eras will find classes con ducted on usual schedules. In addition to the Thanksgiving and Christmas vacation periods, schools will be closed only on the first day of pheasant hunting season, November 15, Supt. Ralph S. Lan ham announced. Previously anyone who wanted to go hunting on the opening day was excused for the afternoon, but classes were always so badly deci Crop Is So Short That Cider Mills Drop Plans to Go In to Fall Production Late May Freeze Disastrous to Crop Apples Priced High er Than Peaches Cider will be completely out of the picture in the Bluffton area this fall because of what is termed the poorest apple crop seen here in many years. District cider mill operators said this week that the dribble of apples that might be available for making cider will not w’arrant cleaning up their equipment for production, and those who like the tangy drink will have to do without it this year. Ordinarily cider mills are swing ing into full production at this sea son, but the supply of home grown apples is so short that operations appear to have been abandoned. No School On First Day Of Pheasant Season Putnam Fair Holiday Cancelled Cider Out Of The Picture This Year Eating Apples V ill Be At A Premium Eating apples will be at a prem ium because of the crop shortage, general throughout Ohio, and an un usual contrast Was noted here thq first of the week with trucked-in peaches selling at $2 a bushel, while apples in stores were quoted at $4.99 a bushel. Unseasonably warm w’eather thru March and April followed by a heavy freeze in mid-May is respon sible for Ohio’s blighted apple crop this year, which is less than last fall when the apple yield was un usually short. Youth Meeting At M. E. Church Sunday Candle light installation cere monies for officers of the youth group of the Methodist church will be held at the church Sunday night with the pastor Rev. Paul Cramer in charge. This will be the first of a series of youth programs arranged for the fall season. Officers to be installed are: President, Joanne Harmon secre tary, Jo Haller 1st commission, Sarah Jane Huser 2nd commission, Bonnie Lou Burkholder 3rd com mission, Lois Hauenstein 4th com mission, Marlene Berry treasurer, Nancy Frankhauser efficiency sec retary, Peggy Eckenweiler adult adviser, Elizabeth Mohr. Instructor In Art In Medina Schools Paul Soldner, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. T. Soldner of Cherry street left the first of the week for Medina where he has accepted a position as assistant instructor in art in the Medina county schools. Soldner, a returned war veteran, w’as graduat ed last spring from Bluffton college. The bridegroom usually pays the bill at a belling, but an Orange township group encountered one with a reverse twist when it cost not only the bridegroom but also two of his friends $35 each for violating a Findlay anti-speeding ordinance Monday night. Drivers of the three cars involved were the bridegroom Floyd Hartman of Bluffton and two of his friends Walter Benroth, Bluffton, and Leon ard Henry, Ada. Each forfeited a $35 bond posted for appearance in the mayor's court in Findlay, Tues day. Hartman driving a car in which he and his bride were attempting to elude two pursuing cars of friends mated that it was decided to dis miss all classes in grade and high schools this year. No classes will be held on Friday, October 25 when instructors attend the district teachers meeting at To ledo however, this is counted as a day of school and technically does* not count as a holiday. For Thanksgiving pupils will miss two days of classes, on Thursday, November 28, the holiday, and the following Friday. Christmas vacation will begin with the close of school on Friday after non, Dec. 20, and continue until Thursday morning, Jan. 2, the sup erintendent said. School will offi cially close next spring on Friday, May 23. WINTER FAIR AGAIN DROPPED FUTURE OF FAIR DOUBTFUL Business Men Urge Holding Fair Earlier and Showing in Tents Future of Project Will Depend on Providing Satisfactory Housing Bluffton’s Mid-Winter fair has been cancelled for the fifth succes sive year, and what its future may be in coming years will largely depend on what arrangements can be worked out to house the show, as a cooperative project on the part of the Bluffton Business Men’s as sociation and the fair board of directors. Not Only The Bridegroom But Two Of His Friends Paid At This Belling The annual agricultural exhibit has been discontinued since 1941, first because of. wartime conditions, then in 1945 and again in 1946 because of lack of suitable buildings to house the various exhibits. What may be the future of the fair, a mid-winter feature in Bluff ton for nearly a quarter of a century, appeared uncertain this week. Sources close to the fair board have indicated there is considerable sentiment in favor of disbanding the fair organization permanently be cause there appears to be little like lihood of holding fairs in the future. Altho the board of directors w’ould like to continue the fair, buildings are not available to house its many departments and additional funds would be required to finance the rental of tents. At its meeting last week the Bluffton Business Men’s association expressed sentiment that the fair should not be discontinued, altho they agreed it is impossible to make arrangements for the event this year. Business men recommended, how ever, that a fair be planned for the 1947 season, and indicated they would aid in contributing funds for rental of tents which would be required to house exhibits. Should tents be used, time of the fair likely would be changed from its customary December dates to late summer or early fall, and at a time that would not conflict with other fairs in this area. New Dwelling Being Built On Elm Street Mrs. Gerald Tripplehom has start ed construction of a dwelling on her lot in the Berryhill addition on West Elm street. bent on belling were charged by Findlay police with doing 70 miles an hour thru the city. None appeared perturbed by the law’s interruption of their chase and all laughed and joked while a friend scouted around to raise the $105 bond to effect their release, then went merrily on their way as if nothing had happened. Hartman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Purl Hartman and his bride, the former Jeannine Stewart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Madison Stewart all of Orange township were married in Greenup, Ky., August 29. The couple are living on a farm east of Bluffton. A Good Place to Trade NUMBER 21 BLUFFTON’S NEW AIRPORT WILL BE READY OCTOBER 1 New Hangar Being Built on Field East of Town Will House 8 Planes Class I Airfield Will Be in Operation by First of Next Month Bluffton’s new airport, under construction one and one-half miles east of town on the former A. J. Owens farm of 80 acres in Orange township, will be in operation by October 1, according to present plans of Clayton Bixel, its owner. Construction of a new hangar is well under way at the new location, and when the cement block structure, 180 feet long and 30 feet wide, is completed, the field will be put in use. Bixel said the hangar building will house an office, waiting room and (Continued on page 2) Many Bluffton Youths Are Going To College With schools pening for the com ing year, many Bluffton young peo ple are planning to attend college both here and elsewhere. Among those who will be leaving this fall are: Jean Ann Steinman, Baldwin Wal lace college, Berea. Barbara Jean Triplett, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N. Y. Florence Ann Biome, Art Stu dents League, New York City. Mary Margaret Basinger, Wooster college, Wooster. Sarah Amstutz, Miami university, Oxford. Alice Jean Bixel, Oberlin Con servatory, Oberlin. Beverly Biery, Oberlin College, Oberlin. Richard Mumma, Union Theologi cal seminary, New York City. Charles Jrippiehom, Wade Mum ma, Robert Burkholder and Jack Clark, Ohio State university, Colum bus. David Tosh, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. Earl Luginbuhl and Luella Lugin buhl, Cincinnati Bible Seminary, Cincinnati. Dorothy Anderson, Juanita Bame, Janice Hankish, Leroy Luginbihl, Gareth Todd, Carroll Tschiegg, Bowling Green State University. Besides this number, 16 of last spring’s high school graduating class have made application to enter the freshman classes of the following colleges: Ray Follas, James Harman, Har ry Klay, Harold Hartman, John Lug ibihl, Richard Minck, Robert Ram seyer, Leonard Smucker, Mary Lou ise Dean, Anne McGinnis, Phyllis Marquart, Louise Soldner, Bluffton College. John Bracy, Allison Neuenschwan der, Ohio Northern, Ada. Paul Steiner, Taylor university, Upland, Indiana. Margaret Diller, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. Geneva Hankish who attended Bowling Green university last year has enrolled in Bluffton college. Harry Minck, recently discharged from the Navy has enrolled as a freshman in Bluffton college. Enters On Graduate Course In Medicine Dr. Jeanne Diller, St. Louis osteo path and former Bluffton resident has entered upon a two-year gradu ate course in surgery and obstetrics at the Stone Memorial hospital at Carthage, Missouri. Her mother, Mrs. W. E. Diller, who has been with her daughter in St. Louis has accompanied her to Carthage where they will live dur Jng the two year period. After com pleting her studies Dr. Diller will resume her practice in St. Louis. Hybrid Corn Workers Enjoy Picnic Outing Harold Mark, hybrid seed corn producer, Washington, C. H., decided 15 Alabama w’orkers who had been detasseling corn deserved some extra recognition. The group was given a conducted tour over the Ohio State University farms, a picnic following the campus visit, and tickets to the ball game that night at Red Bird Stadium. The Alabama workmen are young farmers coming to Ohio during the slack season for farm work in their state.